Well summer is pretty much over so here's your final Auburn baseball related post until probably January:
THE DRAFT AND AUBURN RECRUITS:
Here's a list (not including late signees like Drew Madrigal) of Auburn's incoming recruiting class.
NAME POS B/T PREVIOUSLY HOMETOWN
Luke Bailey C R/R Troup County HS LaGrange, GA Justin Bryant RHP/IF R/R Itawamba CC Oneonta, AL
Garrett Bush RHP/C R/R Stanton Prep HS Jacksonville, FL
Nick Franklin IF S/R Lake Brantley HS Longwood, FL Cody Martin IF L/R Stephens County HS Toccoa, GA
Patrick Merkling LHP L/L Etowah HS Woodstock, GA
Cole Nelson LHP L/L Des Moines Area CC Edina, MN
Patrick Savage IF/OF R/R Greater Atlanta Christian Suwanee, GA
Creede Simpson OF/IF R/R Northwest Florida State College Auburn, AL
Slade Smith RHP R/R Fort Payne HS Fort Payne, AL
Ryan Welke C R/R Rickards HS Tallahassee, FL
After the MLB draft and signees, it looks like Bailey and Franklin are the only two casualties of the draft. It looks like the Tigers managed to make a steal with Drew Madrigal and Garrett Bush. I do have a slight problem with College Baseball Blog assessment of Franklin:
Auburn University signee Nick Franklin signed with the Seattle Mariners today according to a report on MLB.com. Franklin was going to be a key infielder for the John Palowski led Auburn Tigers in the 2010 Season
We are kind of set on the infield for next year and the only real need will be replacing Joseph Sanders at 3B. Hargett, Mcelroy and Hunter Morris will more than likely retain their spots. Franklin projects as a SS and Mighty Casey pretty much has that position locked up.
Couple of minor notes here: Auburn had some guys do great things this summer. Kevin Patterson led his team to the championship game; and Brian Fletcher was named a Cape Cod All Star. Hunter Morris dazzled in his limited time, Tony Caldwell was pretty much the MVP of his Waynesboro Generals Summer team, and over all everyone had a solid summer.
A COUPLE OF CHANGES:
I've been asked to write some bloggings for AL.Com and their Tigers Corner. It will be mainly football related and no, this doesn't mean the end to the AUPPL.
WHAT YOU'LL GET AT AUPPL:
-Snarky attempts at humor; My Photoshops; Football odds and end that don't fit on AL.Com; Baseball news, any other miscelannia, rants, etc
WHAT YOU'LL GET AT TIGERS CORNER:
-More in-depth football writing, longer pieces, more opinion/editorial pieces, the rest I'm not sure about.
Still you can go ahead and your feet wet with my first AL.com post: The 9 Reasons (or excuses) to Get Behind the Chris Todd Decision.